Sunday, August 10, 2014

August already? Amusement Park Fun!

Our summer has mostly been taken up by the move-packing and unpacking, trying to find things, fixing up the house and trying to have some fun too....but mostly just falling into bed exhausted every night! When I looked at the calendar and realized Zoya starts KINDERGARTEN in 2 weeks, I told Shawn we needed to try and have some summer fun fast! 

We took the girls to a local amusement park for a few hours today! 

The sight of all 3 little bees walking (in separate directions) was both beautiful and terrifying! 

When Zoya was little she never wanted to go on rides here, she was always too terrified. She's come a long way and was comfortable enough to go on TONS of rides. At times she was anxious but her excitement usually overrode her anxiety and she talked herself into going on rides! Sofia loves adventure but never would have gone on her own, so it was nice that she had big sister Zoya as her partner in crime! Mila watched as these two went on the first ride! 

They both loved it. 

Then it was Mila's turn to take a ride with Zoya. Mila got upset with the loud horns that the kids in front were using and started crying when the ride started. Sweet Zoya comforted her and repeatedly said, "You're always safe with Zoya" while rubbing her back. It made me so proud and brought me to tears! 

Zoya's telling Mila, "One minute and all done." Watching her use so many of the strategies I use with her for when she's feeling scared or anxious moved my heart in a way I wasn't expecting! 

She was able to calm Mila down and get her to stop crying pretty quickly. I stood there so amazed and proud of her! Mila said "more" when the ride was over HA! 


These two cracked me up in this little horse and buggy ride...they fought over who got to hold the reins the entire time. 

Sofia was NOT happy Zoya took the reins from her! LOL! 

They loved these fun mirrors! 

These two were laughing so hard in the mirror! Shawn would stand on his tip toes and make their heads look really long. Zoya kept reaching up on top of her head to see if it was really that long! HA! 

Hopefully we can make it back again before old man winter hits ;)


  1. Yup, you managed to bring tears to my eyes too, lol! How wonderful that sweet big sister Zoya has managed to "internalize" the safety she feels with her mama and daddy and bring some of that to her little sisters! That's enough to make a mama's heart proud, I'm sure! Glad they had a great time and that they seem to have adjusted well to the move!

  2. Zoya, the little mama!!! How sweet is she?????? It's wonderful how she has learned from you and can transfer that to her sisters....well maybe not so much in the case of the horse reins...LOL! They are all getting so big! Looks like a great time and another trip before the cold sets in sounds like a good plan!!